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Do You Grind Your Teeth at Night?

Regularly experiencing headaches or a sore jaw upon waking are both signs that you might be grinding your teeth at night. Habitually grinding your teeth in your sleep can cause them to become worn down or damaged. It can also aggravate the joints connecting the jaw to the skull and lead to TMJ disorder. Nightguards offer a simple solution against teeth grinding. Dr. Raed Ammari, the skilled dentist at Ammari Dental in Aurora, CO, can have a custom night guard made for you.


Habitual teeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism and is a condition that affects many individuals. Some people only grind their teeth while sleeping and are not even aware they are doing it. Others might grind the teeth when nervous, anxious, or stressed. Whatever the reason for grinding your teeth, whether you do so while awake or at night when sleeping, it can damage the teeth and cause other problems.

Bruxism can cause the protective enamel surface of the teeth to become worn down over time. As the enamel erodes, the teeth become more vulnerable to decay and cavity-causing bacteria can more easily penetrate the deeper layers of a tooth. The teeth are also more susceptible to staining when the enamel wears away.

Other problems that can result from teeth grinding include tooth pain, jaw discomfort, and headaches. Some individuals might even develop TMJ disorder, which is a condition associated with irritation of the temporomandibular joints. These are the joints on either side of the face that connect the jawbone to the skull. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include jaw pain, joint pain, difficulty chewing, clicking of the joints, and a locked jaw.

Custom Mouthguards

Custom mouthguards or nightguards or an effective way to treat bruxism or teeth grinding. The mouthguard prevents the teeth from coming into contact with each other so you are unable to grind them. Custom mouthguards offer the best results since they are customized to perfectly fit your mouth. Dr. Ammari, the experienced dentist at our office in Aurora, can have a nightguard custom made for you based on an impression of your teeth. Once you begin wearing your custom mouthguard at night, teeth grinding will be prevented and its associated symptoms will diminish.

If you grind your teeth at night, then you could benefit from a custom mouthguard. Dr. Raed Ammari can help you obtain the right nightguard for you. To schedule an appointment with the dentist, call Ammari Dental in Aurora, CO, at (303) 283-8009.


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